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About Benedict Arnold, IV
Strange as it may seem, B Arnold might have escaped eternal damnation had it not been for tragedy that befell his older brother. It so happened his wealthy parents, drunken cooper named Benedict Arnold III & wife Hannah, gave birth to 1st son in 1738. Like his father & grdfather & ggrdfather, newborn was christened w/distinguished RI family name & became Benedict Arnold IV. Unfortunately, he d less than yr later. Next son, b Jan 14 1741, thus became next heir to, & owner o, that noble cognomen to 4th. And it was he, Benedict Arnold’s younger bro (shall we call him Benedict Arnold IV II?), who lived to see founding of new country—because of his heroism & in spite of his own late treachery. Irony is had original Benedict Arnold IV lived, his infamous younger bro might have been given more common name, & traitor known perhaps as George Arnold, like modern traitor John Walker, may have more easily faded into trivia of history.